Download YouTube Music Videos to MP3 files on Linux

youtube2mp3 downloads YouTube videos and saves them as .mp3 files.
Recommended The .deb will automatically solve dependencies and place a launcher under Sounds&Video
Download for Ubuntu (.deb)

Advanced The script can also be downloaded and launched from the command line, make sure you manually solve the dependencies.
Download for Linux (bash)

After installing, the program can be found under “Applications –> Sounds & Video –> Youtube 2 MP3”
After the application has been launched the following window will appear.
Simply copy the complete URL of the video you want and paste it into the textbox.



In this step you must choose where to save the mp3 file.
I’ll call mine song-name.mp3



Now the program will launch the download process in the background.
This can take a few minutes depending on the speed of your connection.



After a while this window should appear and your new .mp3 is in place.





If for some reasons the program fails, launch it from the command line and paste the output here as a comment or email it to me:  petur \at\ petur.eu.
Applications –> Terminal.
Type in “youtube2mp3” without the quotation marks and hit the enter key.

6 Replies to “Download YouTube Music Videos to MP3 files on Linux”

  1. Hello
    i receive the following errors when I try to run the script:
    thanks for your help
    Maximilian
    Error from aria2c or youtube-dl, tmpFile is not valid, run from the console to see more details.
    the console output:
    2010-12-29 17:54:15.518624 ERROR – URL nicht erkannt oder nicht unterstütztes Protokoll:
    No files to download.

    1. The problem is with one of the dependencies, (youtube-dl to be exact).
      I have contacted the author of that program and informed him of the problem.
      I will post an update as soon as I hear from him.

  2. Hello,
    i installed but after…..Please be patient.OK
    Appears this…
    Error from youtube-dl, run from the console to see more details.
    Tried to reinstall youtube-dl,with this command…sudo aptitude install youtube-dl…but i can not type my password.
    Please help
    Thank you

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